Offshore compliance: Achieving compliance with project standards

Expert knowledge on regulatory requirements ensures quality and compliance in projects

Client: Aibel Thailand
Industry: Engineering, Procurement and Construction
Asset: Johan Sverdrup Production 2 – Main Support Frame
Location: Laem Chabang, Thailand
Year: 2021


In the oil and gas industry, offshore assets must achieve regulatory compliance in order to operate and the specifications can differ by country or region. In this case, lifting appliances on the asset had to be compliant with NORSOK standards, a requirement for offshore units operating on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS).

The Main Support Frame (MSF) module is the largest of the three modules for the Johan Sverdrup P2 Process Platform, Aibel’s largest project to date and the company’s second platform for the Johan Sverdrup field, the third largest oil field on the NCS.

Illustration of Johan Sverdrup Production 2 by Aibel
(Photo: Illustration of Johan Sverdrup Production 2 by Aibel)

Aibel contracted Axess Group to ensure that the lifting equipment will achieve compliance in terms of design, construction and certification.


At the start of the project, a team of Axess’ engineers ran a technical workshop for the shipyard and asset owner, to define the scope of work and confirm a certified project test methodology. Subsequently, the team provided on-site engineering consultations for design and document verification and review, including attending site inspections. They also load tested all the lifting equipment before providing the final statutory certifications.

“We are delighted to be involved in another major project of Aibel’s. Compliance with NORSOK standards will help to minimise risks during lifting activities and meet operational requirements,” Rod Matzdorff, Operations Manager of Middle East at Axess Group said.

Due to the demanding schedule and strict deadlines, Axess’ engineers worked closely with the client’s site teams, collaborating on planning and site activities.  

Load test and functional test for a 18T travelling crane
(Photo: Load test and functional test for a 18T travelling crane)


Through excellent teamwork with the client and stakeholders, the asset was successfully delivered in compliance with the project standards.

“As a trusted provider for statutory verification, inspection and certification, we provide our clients with proven technical expertise and guidance to ensure compliance and quality. Our global network of experts also enables us to provide such services anywhere in the world,” Rod added.

Successful teamwork with Axess (in red) and Aibel’s site team
(Photo: Successful teamwork with Axess (in red) and Aibel’s site team)

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